Implementing ECHR judgments: New factsheet on free speech cases

CoE/European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)

The Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has published a new thematic factsheet focusing on cases related to freedom of expression. The factsheet summarises measures reported by 27 member states to safeguard and protect free speech in response to 45 different judgments from the Strasbourg court.

It covers topics including media freedom and the protection of journalistic sources, safety of journalists, commercial and artistic freedom of expression and free speech in the context of national security, public safety and counter-terrorism.

This is the seventh in a series of thematic factsheets on changes to national policy and practice across Europe linked to the implementation of ECHR judgments. Previous factsheets cover constitutional matters, effective investigations, freedom of religion, the environment, the independence and impartiality of judicial systems and children’s rights. The factsheets are already available in various different languages and further translations are planned.

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